Agribusiness Policy Consultant

Agribusiness Policy Consultant

Terms of Reference (ToR) for Agribusiness Policy Consultant 

Officer Position Title: ToR Agribusiness Policy Consultant 

Location: Abuja 

Reporting To: Project Manager, SSPs, Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) 

Organization: Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) 

Background: 

The Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) is committed to driving sustainable agricultural development through policy initiatives. As part of our strategic  objectives, we aim to enhance our policy studies, research, and development initiatives while promoting agricultural policies to ensure food security and environmental sustainability. We are seeking a dynamic and knowledgeable individual to fill in as a short term Agribusiness Policy Consultant.

Purpose of the Position: 

To analyze and provide a comprehensive overview of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector, focusing on the developments, activities, and policies impacting key commodities (Maize, Soybeans, Fonio/Acha, Kenaf, and vegetables) from 2015 to 2023. The analysis will highlight successes, challenges, and gaps within these value chains, emphasizing the impact of climate change and the current agricultural commodities standards grading system. This study aims to identify opportunities and address gaps within the framework of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) mandate.

Reporting:

The consultant will report to Maximus Ndianaefo, the SSPs Project Manager at the NABG (n.maximus@nabg.ng), and submit all drafts and final documents via email, cc to the Director-General at NABG (dg@nabg.ng)

Duration: 

The consultant must complete the assignment within eight weeks from the commencement date for the Agribusiness Policy Brief and within four weeks for the Agricultural Commodities Policy Study on maize, soybeans, Fonio/Acha, Kenaf, and vegetables. 

Remuneration: 

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered, commensurate with experience  and qualifications. 

Equal Opportunity: 

NABG is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified  individuals regardless of race, gender, age, religion, or disability.

For detailed information, please refer to the Terms of Reference (ToR).

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Evaluation Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on qualifications, methodology, approach clarity, and cost-effectiveness. NABG reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal and is not bound to select the lowest-priced proposal. Submission Instructions: Interested consultants or consulting firms are invited to submit their proposals, including a detailed work plan, CVs of key personnel, and examples of previous work, to the below LINK by 15th July 2024.

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NABG in collaboration with National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC)

NABG in collaboration with National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC)

NABG, in collaboration with National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), hosted the Seed Policy Implementation Roundtable at the NASC HQs in FCT.
The meeting had in attendance representatives from Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), @Harvest Plus, @Seed Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), AGRA, JESNOCH International Limited, and the Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF) where we explored the National Seed Policy’s key provisions, implementation challenges, and strategies for improvement.
Highlights included a dynamic Q&A session and collaborative discussions on regulatory requirements, stakeholder roles, resources, and monitoring.
A stakeholder workshop on the implementation framework and stakeholder roles is the outcome of this meeting to happen in the next 2 weeks.
Thank you to all stakeholders for your invaluable contributions. Let’s continue to innovate and work together for a sustainable agricultural landscape in Nigeria! #nabg #seedpolicy
National Seed Policy Implementation Roundtable Meeting

National Seed Policy Implementation Roundtable Meeting

NABG, in collaboration with National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), hosted the Seed Policy Implementation Roundtable at the NASC HQs in FCT. The meeting had in attendance representatives from Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Harvest Plus, Seed Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), AGRA, JESNOCH International Limited, and the Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF) where we explored the National Seed Policy’s key provisions, implementation challenges, and strategies for improvement.

Highlights included a dynamic Q&A session and collaborative discussions on regulatory requirements, stakeholder roles, resources, and monitoring. A stakeholder workshop on the implementation framework and stakeholder roles is the outcome of this meeting to happen in the next 2 weeks. Thank you to all stakeholders for your invaluable contributions, while we continue to innovate and work together for a sustainable agricultural landscape in Nigeria!

2024 Cochran Fellowship Program

2024 Cochran Fellowship Program

The Food Safety Officer of NABG, Mss Mercy Joe-Blankson  participated in the 2024 Cochran Fellowship Program on Food Safety Standards and Regulations from May 4th – May 18th, 2024.Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service.

The training aimed to increase our capacity for agricultural research extension and participation in international trade export opportunities. The curriculum also covered the United States regulatory systems, internationally recognized science-based food safety measures and various food safety practices. The training provided a comprehensive understanding of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, Good Laboratory Practices, Good Agricultural Practices, foodborne diseases, epidemiology, consumer complaints, public health alerts, recalls, traceability, import/export requirements, and the importance of harmonization.

The food safety training provided an in-depth knowledge and skills that will significantly enhance our organization’s ability to improve food safety standards. The training covered essential topics and practical applications, preparing NABG to implement effective food safety programs. 

This fellowship marks a significant step forward for NABG and, by extension, Nigeria’s food safety landscape. The comprehensive training covered essential regulatory systems, international best practices, and practical applications of HACCP principles. This newfound knowledge equips NABG to:

  • Implement Effective Food Safety Programs: The training provided a roadmap for establishing robust food safety programs within NABG. This will ensure better control throughout the food chain, from farm to fork.
  • Enhance Collaboration: The emphasis on collaboration reinforces the importance of working together with stakeholders, including government agencies, farmers, and consumers, to achieve shared food safety goals.
  • Promote International Trade: By understanding international import/export requirements and harmonization practices, NABG can empower Nigerian agribusinesses to participate more confidently in the global food market.

The knowledge and skills gained from this fellowship represent a valuable investment in Nigeria’s food safety future. NABG’s commitment to continuous learning paves the way for a safer, more robust food system, benefiting both producers and consumers alike. This is a win-win for Nigerian agriculture and public health.